sleep apnea pillow

Sleep Apnea Pillow

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about sleep apnea is usually the image of complicated devices and a mask that makes someone look like they’ve come from outerspace. However, the CPAP machine isn’t the only thing that can cure sleep apnea. For people who experience mild symptoms, a simple sleep apnea pillow can help them sleep better throughout the night.

What’s a sleep apnea pillow?

It’s a pillow is designed to keep a person from snoring. Studies have shown that people snore more when they are lying on their back or on their stomach. This pillow helps people to sleep on their side; this helps to avoid airway obstructions that interfere with the breathing.

There are many sleep apnea pillows on the market and it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Some things to keep in mind when shopping for a pillow includes finding a pillow that supports the neck (regular pillows offer no support at all), finding one that keeps a person from moving too much (since the point is to stay on the side) and finding one that fits the person’s head comfortably, thereby easing shoulder and arm pressure.

The problem with regular pillows

Most regular, normal, everyday pillows which are usually rectangles are often too flat or too puffy. The ones that are too flat are somewhat pointless; someone might as well sleep with no pillow at all. The ones that are too puffy end up with the person’s head in the center and two walls (the puffed up pillow) on either side.

Obviously, neither choice helps someone sleep better. It is possible to combat this by adding more and more pillows until a person ends up in an almost sitting position, but this then puts a strain on the vertebrae and often results in back problems of kinks in the neck.

How a sleep apnea pillow helps

A sleep apnea pillow, on the other hand, is designed to realign the head and neck so that the airways are clear and breathing easy. They come in many different shapes and styles (rarely are they rectangles) and it is important to find the right one for a specific problem. A doctor can help decide which pillow is the right one for each individual.

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder and should not be ignored. While for some people it means snoring and being tired all day long, for other people who experience severe cases it could lead to death. Make sure to have any symptoms checked out by a doctor.

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